Innovative Use of Temporary Pavilions to Ensure Cost-Effective Paris 2012 Games

Paris Games Will Leave a Lasting Legacy without a Single "White Elephant", Paris 2012 Tells the IOC Evaluation Commission
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The Paris 2012 Bid Committee today presented an innovative plan to construct seven temporary pavilions for the Paris 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the visiting IOC Evaluation Commission, headed by Nawal El Moutawakel. The plan lays out the strategy for the use of the state-of-the-art, custom-made pavilions to help optimize the Olympic budget while securing a lasting legacy for the Games.
The Paris 2012 Olympic plan seeks to avoid the construction of "white elephants" – facilities that would not be utilized by the public following the conclusion of the Games. To this end, the plan envisions the seamless integration of existing, internationally renowned sports arenas, such as the Stade de France, Roland Garros and Parc de Princes; new permanent venues that will fulfill Olympic, as well as long term needs; and world-class temporary venues, which will be constructed in cases where no post-Olympic use has been identified.
In addition, the plan incorporates an unprecedented, innovative strategy for the utilization of the temporary pavilions before and after the Olympic Games. A complementary study on the subject, suggesting a number of innovative solutions, was conducted by Bouygues, a leading multinational construction company, and NÜSSLI, a Swiss-based company that specializes in temporary pavilion design.
One pioneering concept, called "pre-recycling", envisions the use of the pavilions in lieu of existing sporting facilities while those are undergoing transformation in advance of the Olympics. In this case, the pavilions would be erected well ahead of the event in order to allow sporting activities, such as training and competitions, to continue uninterrupted.
After the conclusion of the Games, the pavilions would be integrated into broader social and urban development projects, such as the Major City Projects (Grands Projets de Ville, or GPVs), based in approximately 50 locations across France. Such innovative use of the pavilions would help urban neighborhoods establish advanced athletic and social programs and provide multipurpose venues suitable for hosting regional and national events.
Henri Sérandour, President of the French National Olympic Committee and a member of the Paris 2012 Founding Committee, said: "The plan for the Paris 2012 Olympics is highly innovative, visionary and strategic. It ensures that the Olympic capital investment goes toward the building of structures that will be used by the public after the 2012 Games are over, and that the cost associated with the upgrade of the existing structures is minimized.
"As a result, the Paris 2012 Olympic and Paralympic budget, estimated at less than Euro 4.16 billion, is relatively modest. We fully anticipate that the Olympic revenues will cover the estimated cost of the Games. Importantly, there will be no requirement for public subsidy of the Olympic operating budget.
"What’s more, the fact that the temporary pavilions will be used again, in communities that are in need of sporting venues, means that L’Amour des Jeux and the Paris 2012 Olympic Games will leave a lasting legacy, which will be shared by the whole nation".
Notes to the Editor
· The Paris 2012 Plan is based on the use of the total of 31 facilities to host the Games, including 12 venues that exist today. The existing facilities are already capable of accommodating 65 percent of all expected Olympics spectators.

· The plan envisions the construction of seven temporary pavilions, divided as follows:
- The Northern Cluster will house six pavilions. After the Games, the pavilions will be dismantled, giving way to the local authorities’ sustainable urban development plans.
- The Western Cluster will house one pavilion. The construction of the temporary venue instead of a permanent one will help protect the parklands of nearby Bois de Boulogne and thereby uphold Sustainable Development Charter with regard to the venue.

· The seven planned pavilions offer total capacity of around 60,000 spectators and hold 45,000 m2 in surface area.
· The materials and components will be of high quality and offer possibilities for pre-or post-Games use. Modern looking steel, aluminium or fabric structures with distinct architectural flair will lessen the traditional box-like look of a functional building. Natural products, such as laminated wood or glass can be incorporated to create a unique customised look.

· The temporary and modular facilities will offer many easy options for multi-purpose use. The key factors are:
- flexibility in design
- sustainability and reuse
- speed of construction
· The planning and preparation of a temporary sports venue will be approximately 12 – 18 months. The construction time will be approximately 6 – 8 months, which includes testing for operation. The dismantling of the facilities and returning the site to its original state will take approximately 2 – 3 months.
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